Dharamsala: Upon the arrival of 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile’s Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel at Mysore on 17 July, he was greeted and received by the Chief Representative of Southern Tibetan Settlements, along with members of Mysore Tibetan Students Association, Tibetan Sweater Sellers’ Association and the Presidents of both center and local National Democratic Party of Tibet. Thereafter, at upon reaching Lugsam Samdupling Tibetan settlement’s office in Bylakuppe, he was welcomed by representatives of different monasteries, resident Parliamentarians, Tibetan Settlement Officers of both Lugsam Samdupling Tibetan settlement and Dickyi Larsoe Tibetan settlement, Presidents of Co-operative Societies, Directors of clinics and other institutions as well as camp leaders and students.
Subsequently, under the organisation of National Democratic Party of Tibet’s (NDPT) ‘Democracy and Unity’, Speaker elucidated the students from different Tibetan schools on the evolution of democracy; its definition and characteristics; Philosophical significance of Democratic polity ; Concordant and Discordant factors in unification; Inner and Outer Discordant factors; and necessity of concordant factors in the process of unification. All the questions raised by the students were duly answered by the Speaker during the Q&A session. Thereafter, he paid a visit to the TCV and Sambhota Tibetan schools as well as Lugsam Old-Age home. Later in the evening, Speaker spoke on the same topic to the monks and nuns of Namdrol-Ling Monastery.
On the morning of the next day, Speaker engaged in Q&A session with the Tibetan public of both Lugsam Samdupling and Dickyi Larsoe Tibetan settlements after his address. He then visited the Dickyi Larsoe’s Sambhota school, the office of the said Tibetan settlement, Co-operative society’s office, factories, and shops.
Later in the evening, he also inspected the ongoing housing project for the newly-arrived Tibetans at the settlement. He then addressed the monks at Sera Thekchenling. Respective Khen Rinpoche (Abbots) of Sera Jey and Sera Mey were also present, who delivered the welcome and concluding speech respectively. In accordance with the invitation accorded, resident Parliamentarian Pema Delek also spoke on ‘Democracy and Unity’ at the gathering of Tibetan public at Bylakuppe.
On 19 July, after paying a visit to the Regional Tibetan Freedom Movement, residing member of Tibetan Parliament, concerned Tibetan Settlement officers of the two Tibetan settlements as well as the Tibetan public of Bylakuppe saw off the Speaker of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, who set out for Rabgyeling Tibetan settlement, Hunsur. He was greeted at the said settlement by Khen Rinpoche (Abbot) of Dzongkar Choede monastery, Steward of Gyumed monastery, Chairman of Local Tibetan Assembly, Tibetan Settlement Officer, Director of the Co-operative Society as well as by the members of various other organisations. Thereupon, Speaker addressed the public of both lay and monks at the settlement’s community hall on the designated topic of ‘Democracy and Unity’. He also engaged in a Q&A session with the public.
Thereafter he paid homage to Nyingon Ugyenling and inspected the Tibetan school in the settlement. Later in the noon. Speaker addressed the members of Local Tibetan Assembly on the power and responsibilities of the Local Tibetan Assembly in their meeting hall. He paid homage to Gyumed Monastery and Dzongkar Choede monastery and set out for Bangalore afterward.
On 20 July, Chief Representative of Southern Tibetan Settlements, President, and Vice-President of NDPT saw-off Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel from Bangalore airport and thereby, successfully concluded the official program of five days at four different Tibetans settlements in South India.
-Report filed by Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat-